Activities & Resources
The Beach at South Miami Beach/Lummus Park050in Miami, FL 33101
about The Beach at South Miami Beach/Lummus Park:
Adjacent to the beach is a paved strand where in-line skates, bicycles, and scooters are welcome. Volleyball nets are set up at all times. A wide portion of the beach is hard packed sand, which is great for ball games, playing Frisbee, and kite flying. Every few blocks at the beach entrances are showers.
South Beach commonly has topless bathers. If you don't think this is appropriate for your family, don't go. There is much less traffic in the early morning, and street parking can be found walking distance from the beach (don't forget your quarters!) fairly easily before noon.
Pay attention to warning flags at the lifeguard houses regarding current strength and Man'o'War sightings.
If you have the time and stamina to shop post-or pre-beachtime, this area of South Beach is a great place to do it. Go off the main drag (Ocean) towards Collins and Washington Streets on 6th Street and you'll plenty of trendy boutiques.
Food: You'll need to walk back to Ocean Drive for "real" food, but stands on the beach have frozen lemonade, other drinks, snacks, and sunscreen. Spots on the Drive include The News Cafe (well-known, but crowded and the food is average), The Compass Cafe (a little slow, but good food and reasonable prices), and many more; you'll find an endless strip of indoor/outdoor cafes. You can walk, look at menus, and decide easily what you prefer. We like eating on Ocean Drive (it seems part of the South Beach experience), but a picnic lunch on the beach is also a great option for families.